What’s a deposed Illinois governor to do, now that he has more time on his hands and is facing, you know, criminal charges? When it comes to Rod Blagojevich, in case there was any doubt whom we were discussing, he’ll spend time on “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump and others who became famous for their forays into showbiz. —KA
Blagojevich, who was forced to resign and is awaiting trial in Chicago on charges of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat, will face off against singer Cyndi Lauper, British TV reality judge Sharon Osbourne and 11 other celebrities in the third season of the show.
The Chicago judge handling the disgraced ex-governor’s criminal case said in October that he was concerned Blagojevich might make comments on “Celebrity Apprentice” that could influence potential jurors or haunt him during the trial.
Blagojevich, who has pleaded innocent to all charges, has a tentative trial date of June 2010.